by Siobhan Gleason
On Sunday, July 12, the Awbury Arboretum will act as the grounds for the Heartwood Music Festival, a folk music concert organized by the Philadelphia Folksong Society.
Heather Zimmerman, program director of Awbury Arboretum, and Justin Nordell, organizer of the Heartwood Music Festival, described the Awbury as “lovely,” “stunning” and “the jewel of Germantown.” Nordell hopes the concert will attract attention to the Awbury from people who previously knew little about it.
The Philadelphia Folksong Society, of which Nordell is an employee, holds concerts and events across Philadelphia and the surrounding area, but this is its first time holding an event in the Arboretum. Located on 7113 Emlen Street, the Philadelphia Folksong Society is so close to the Arboretum that it only made sense to have a concert there.
“The Arboretum is in our backyard,” Nordell said.
Sponsored by Elfant Wissahickon Realtors and Valley Green Bank, among others, the Heartwood Music Festival will be a concert for families, with bands for adults and kids, and will also feature local food trucks and vendors. A few of the bands set to perform are No Good Sister, a three-part harmony group; Man About a Horse, a modernized bluegrass band; and Better N’ Recess, a kids’ band, of which a Crefeld School professor is a member.
The concert runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 12. Tickets bought in advance are $10 per person, $15 at the gate. Tickets can be purchased at folksong.ticketleap.com/heartwood. Zimmerman advises bringing along chairs to get comfortable while watching the bands perform.